To become a member of the BBBC, your Ohio whitetail deer must be taken by the fair chase and within the limits of the law and tagged by the state of Ohio. All deer must be scored by an official BBBC scorer and witnessed. The buck must meet the minimum score of 140 inches typical or 160 inches non-typical. To determine if your buck qualifies or not, take your antlers to an official scorer and he/she will take the official measurements. There is no charge to have your buck scored. If your buck qualifies, there is a $30 membership fee. At that time your official scorer will take all the information needed to put your name in the record book. You will be invited to the annual banquet/awards ceremony/membership meeting the following year. This is where you will receive your frame able certificate in recognition of the buck that you harvested.
SPECIAL AWARDS GIVEN
There are several special awards given during the ceremony.
GUILLIAMS-MCWILLIAMS TROPHY Given In Honor of the top typical of the year
HILL-HILL TROPHY Given In Honor of the top non-typical of the year
BUCKEYE BIG BUCK CLUB YOUNG HUNTER AWARD Given to the youngest new member Male and Female
LORI BYERS FEMALE HUNTER AWARD Given to the female hunter taking the deer scoring the most points over minimum
GEORGE APPLEGARTH SENIOR HUNTER AWARD Given to the oldest new member
SHIPLEY-GILFILLAN FOUNDERS AWARD Given annually to the hunter taking the deer scoring the most points over the minimum
BBBC BOARD OF TRUSTEES Division of Wildlife Employee of the Year Award
BUCKEYE BIG BUCK CLUB JR. HUNTER AWARD Given to the Jr. Hunter taking the deer scoring the most points over the minimum
PRESIDENT'S WEISENBARGER AWARD Given for outstanding service to the Buckeye Big Buck Club
TOP 5 TYPICALS OF ALL TIME 201 1/8 William D. Kontras Clark 1986 201 1/8 Brad Jerman Warren 2005
198 3/8 Tim Reed Muskingum 2005
194 3/8 Steve Davis Clinton 2016
193 1/8 John Daugherty Wayne 2008
TOP 5 NON-TYPICALS OF ALL TIME 304 6/8 Mike Beatty Green 2000 295 3/8 Jonathan Schmucker Adams 2008
287 5/8 Daniel Coffman Fairfield 2015
267 3/8 Dave Kopp Stark 2015
261 5/8 Chester T. Veach Pike 1971
WHERE YOUR $30 MEMBERSHIP FEE GOES
The first $5 of this fee goes towards your $5 yearly fee. Your membership fee is used for donations to hunter education courses throughout Ohio, youth organizations, scholarships to young people pursuing a wildlife career, PCBA, and many other deer/wildlife organizations. The BBBC has been a huge supporter of Camp Heritage which is a camp for educating and guiding our youth. It is a hands on experience for our youth to learn safety and professionalism as well as hunter ethics. Learn more about Camp Heritage at
There is the cost of trophies, certificates, etc. Eventually we would like to print another hard copy of the record book but the cost has gotten unreachable. For now we are really proud of the online record book.